MILLIONS of energy customers can get hundreds of pounds in free credit from their supplier this winter.
Several energy companies are offering the extra support to help homes with mounting bills.
Government programs like the Warm Home Discount and Cold Weather Payments also offer help when temperatures drop.
But some companies like British Gas and Shell Energy are going one step further.
If you’re struggling to pay your bills this winter and don’t know what support is available to you, check out our handy guide.
You can also contact your supplier to see what help they can offer you.
In the meantime, we’ve rounded up the companies that offer free loans to their customers in need and how you can claim them.
Thousands of British Gas customers can get up to £250 in free credit.
Support is only available to customers who pay their energy bill using a prepaid meter.
It’s a voluntary loan payment of up to £250 for those struggling with energy bills.
That means it’s up to British Gas to decide who gets the help and not everyone with a prepaid meter is eligible.
The credit will be added to eligible customers’ prepayment meters over the next month, British Gas said.
Customers do not need to contact the company to request the assistance.
Those who are eligible and need it are identified and provided with this support.
It’s part of a new £10m package for vulnerable prepay customers.
Shell Energy will give thousands of customers an extra £150 to help them this winter.
The energy giant will increase the warm house rebate payment from £150 to £300 for every 157,000 customers who receive the aid.
You will receive the top-up if you have received certain benefits and joined Shell Energy on or before August 21st of this year.
The warm-home rebate is available to those on the lowest incomes to help with rising costs.
You must be a recipient of one or more of the following to qualify for the £150 automatic rebate:
More details about the program can be found on Shell Energy’s website.